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Gallant Commoners of Our Country (Kyôkaku honchô sodachi no uchi): from right, Teranishi Kanshin, Hirai Gonpachi, Tsurigane Yazaemon, Banzui Chôbei, and Tôken Gonbei

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Pentaptych: 11.21624, 11.22611-22613, 11.25078 From left to right: 11.21624 (L), 11.22613 (CL), 11.22614 (C), 11.22615 (CR), 11.25078 (R)


Kinchôrô Yoshitora ga (on each sheet) 錦朝楼芳虎画


Censor's seal: Wata(nabe)


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)

Catalogue Raisonné

Asahikawa Museum, Utagawa Kuniyoshi ichimon no zenbôten (2000), p. 44, #3-21-3 (left sheet only)


Vertical ôban pentaptych

Accession Number

11.21624, 11.22611-22613, 11.25078

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper